The three-year Family Practice Residency program consists of a combination of patient care and teaching. This takes place in the family practice center, at the bedside, in formal conference settings and in the community.
The primary goal of the first year is to master the fundamental aspects of hospital-based medicine through rotations in general and emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and other specialties.
During the second and third years, residents spend an increasing amount of time in the family practice center and community settings. Residents pursue areas of special interest during their elective months and may use one of those months for an away elective during their third year. Pediatric rotations for the family practice residents occur at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during all three years of residency.
The majority of specialty rotations are office preceptorship/ambulatory experience in block format. A few disciplines are taught longitudinally such as behavioral science and geriatrics. Resident education also includes participating in journal clubs and giving formal lectures during certain rotations (i.e., OB/GYN, pediatrics).
First Year: on call night float, weekend shifts, short call
Second Year: on call average of every 8th night
Third Year: on call average of every 8th night
All Years: no backup call
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